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Man arrested for impersonating a police officer in June robbery

Published: Jul. 30, 2015 at 6:51 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 6, 2015 at 6:51 PM EDT
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Jeffery Zdunek (Source: LMDC)
Jeffery Zdunek (Source: LMDC)
Michael Connard (Source: LMDC)
Michael Connard (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Two men who impersonated a police officer are facing charges following a June 2 armed robbery of a man at a Louisville park on River Road.

According to the arrest slip for Jeffery Zdunek, shortly after midnight on June 2, he and the listed co-defendant Michael Connard, 27, approached a man sitting inside his vehicle at Thurman Hutchins Park. They were dressed in bullet proof vests with police badges and handguns.

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Connard tapped the victim's driver side window with his handgun and told the victim to get out the vehicle while pointing the gun at him. Zdunek approached the vehicle from the passenger side.

Connard patted down the victim as though he were a police officer and ID'd himself and Zdunek to the victim as police officers, the arrest slip said. When the victim asked what he did wrong, he was assaulted, resulting in injury to the face.

Zdunek "interviewed [the victim] and detained [the victim]" while Connard searched the vehicle. Connard allegedly took the victim's radar detector and told him it was illegal to have.

Police say the entire incident as recorded on the victim's in-dash car camera.

Zdunek was arrested Wednesday. He gave a full confession to officers, the arrest slip said. He is charged with robbery, unlawful imprisonment, and impersonating a peace officer.

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